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December 15, 2009

"A caller recently asked if anyone could remember which commissioners voted for the county's building stimulus package. It was commissioners Baker, Wivell and Barr who voted 'yes.' Aleshire voted 'no,' and Kercheval was absent."

- Washington County




"To the person on East Franklin whose cat was killed: Sometimes you cannot help it. A cat ran out in front of me last year, and I cried for two days. I appreciate your sorrow. I have lost and mourned numerous pets over the years. Here is the solution. Do not let your cats out to roam. Have them fixed and keep them inside. I am an animal lover to the nth degree and I hope someday to see this as a law."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"LeRoy Myers should stop referring to cutting state jobs and state cost-of-living raises. He's gonna end up not being re-elected. When you get into state employees' paychecks or anyone else's paychecks, it's not gonna be forgotten. ... Stay away from laying off state employees and leave the pensions and the cost of living alone."

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- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the caller from Boonsboro on Friday, about schools not being delayed. What are you, one of these people that wants a delay every time a snowflake falls?"

- Hagerstown




"This is to the person who called in about the cat being killed on East Franklin Street. ... You had no business letting your cat out in such heavy traffic. People in those areas should keep their cats inside."

- Boonsboro




"To those people who fly airplanes in and out of the Washington County airport: We, the people in Garden Spot development, are getting sick and tired of you flying over the Garden Spot development and continuously circling. You've got other areas to fly, or leave the plane on the ground."

- Maugansville




"I'm calling about the gas price being 20 cents cheaper in Baltimore. I was just up in Shamokin, Pa., on Dec. 5. Gas up there was $2.49 and $2.51. Down around Greencastle and Mercersburg at that time, it was $2.75. So there you go."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"What's with this new name for the hospital? ... Why didn't you just keep it the Washington County Hospital? Believe it or not, it's in Washington County. It's not in Meritus."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I just read the article in this morning's paper - this is Friday - about the County Commissioners and the state people can't figure out how to get the budget down so the state can afford it and we all can afford it. It is so simple. Give everybody a pay cut that works for the state. That includes Mr. O'Malley, right on down to the grass cutters and the schools, teachers, the whole ball of wax."

- Hagerstown




"In response to the letters about not remembering Pearl Harbor, with all the people driving imports nowadays and then they don't have jobs, a couple years from now, are we gonna be driving Iraqi and Afghanistan mobiles?"

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"Sarah Palin's (book) was never $4.99. In addition to having to buy a magazine, in fine print, there is a charge of $5.95 for shipping and handling. Hopefully, that caller will not try to read the book because they wouldn't understand that either. A great book - I purchased several copies for those who had it on their wish list."

- Hagerstown




"My comments are referring to Del. Andrew Serafini. He mentioned that state employees have what he considers Cadillac health care plans, which he said could be made more efficient. Well, he didn't break this down. ... Different state employees have vastly different retirement plans. I'm a retired correctional officer, and I have a pretty decent retirement plan and health care plan, but the state police have ... different ... health care and retirement plans than what Division of Correction employees have."

- Hagerstown




"I think Del. Myers has gotten his information messed up. It wasn't state employees that got a pay raise. We got furlough days and administrative leave days. It was the county employees in Washington County that got pay raises, not the state employees. I think he should get his notes straightened out."

- Hagerstown




"In Friday's paper, the front page article, state department, state's budget items on chopping block, LeRoy Myers says $240 million could be saved by cutting 4,000 jobs. More jobs need to be cut at the management level if each department is top-heavy. Personnel costs and benefits are the single-largest budget items of any business or government. The legislators need to look at the top for more savings."

- Hagerstown




"Give credit where credit is due. Everything Obama so eloquently said while accepting the Nobel prize about the necessity of war and confronting evil is absolutely true. Problem is, he doesn't act as if he believes it. Setting arbitrary deadline for retreat, with no promise or even mention of victory, and trying to fight a war on the cheap, is no way to do this. And judging by their recent actions, the Iranian and Islam fascists got the same message."

- Frederick, Md.




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